“Living in a multicultural society means that our language and slang are very much unique and can incorporate the language and/or diction of all 3 major races in Malaysia.”

Olivia LeeHonors Student at James Cook University, Australia

“Street food. Don’t bother with restaurants unless they’re proper authentic. Go places – Masjid Jamek, KLCC, KL Tower, Botanic Gardens, Lake Gardens, FRIMM, islands. Do local things like road tripping to Putrajaya (just for a drive around), Malacca (food is bomb), Penang (food is so bomb), go to shopping malls, try haggling with stores, call some stranger “auntie” or “uncle”.”

Karen ThivyaMasters Student at Anglia, Ruskin University, United Kingdom

“Food and shopping – the two things you need to experience whilst in Malaysia.”

Sheau Ruey Audit Manager at BDO, Los Angeles

PETRONAS Twin Towers

  • This famous and picturesque Twin Towers is a must for all to visit when in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • Within the towers, you will find Suria KLCC Mall, the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, the highest skybridge in the world, Aquaria KLCC, Petrosains and so on.
  • Fun fact: Each tower weighs 300,000 tonnes that is equivalent to 42,857 elephants.
  • Quick tip: Make use of the train (LRT) instead of taking a cab. It is much cheaper and you don’t need to worry about heavy traffic!

Batu Caves

  • There are three main caves and a few smaller ones at this site. To access the caves, you must climb 272 steep steps!
  • One of the major attractions at the site is the massive 140 feet high statue of Lord Murugan, which is the highest statue dedicated to the Hindu deity in the world.
  • Fun fact: Lord Murugan’s statue was painted with 300 litres of gold paint purchased from Thailand.
  • Quick tip: Beware of the monkeys! Some can be rather territorial.

Central Market

  • Similar to London’s Covent Garden or San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, this former wet market is filled with shops that sell almost anything from ornaments and jewellery to traditional clothing, beaded shoes, bags, and souvenir T-shirts.
  • It is located within a 5-minutes walk to Petaling Street or Chinatown, where you can also find a variety of goods at prices that can be haggled.
  • Quick tip #1: This place is a must to visit, particularly if you wish to bring home some local hand-made Malaysian goods.
  • Quick tip #2: Malaysia is generally friendly towards tourists, but it’s always best to keep an eye out for pickpockets, especially in crowded areas.

National Museum

  • You will not regret spending one to two hours at Malaysia’s Muzium Negara, where you can learn about the history and culture of Malaysia and unveil various national treasures.
  • There are 4 galleries covering two floors and a number of exhibits worth visiting. This includes the first made-in-Malaysia car and how Malaysia was during the Colonial Era!
  • Fun fact: The museum was built on the site of the old Selangor Museum which was partially destroyed (by mistake) in an allied bombing raid during WWII.
  • Quick tip: Take the LRT to KL Sentral station and the museum is just 500 metres walk away.

Royal Selangor

  • The Royal Selangor Visitor Centre showcases the history, factory, and products of Royal Selangor since they began production in 1885.
  • There are free guided tours that include a museum section with early samples of their work, and historical photographs, followed by a visit to the working Royal Selangor factory.
  • Fun fact: Royal Selangor was formerly known as Selangor Pewter, where its founders started the business during the Japanese occupancy in Malaya.
  • Quick tip: Be sure to visit the School of Hard Knocks to get some hands-on experience! You will get to take your creations home with you, plus a certificate for taking part.

Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad

  • This historical building is located just opposite Merdeka Square, and serves as a backdrop for many essential events for the country such as the National Day Parade on August 31.
  • The building has a shiny copper dome and a clock tower which is 40 meters high, always featured in many tourists’ photos.
  • Fun fact: The declaration of independence of Malaysia back in 31 August 1957 took place in this building!
  • Quick tip: Walk around the building and you’ll come across other hidden gems of Malaysia.

Local Delicacies

  • Malaysians, and now you too, are spoilt for choices when it comes to food. This is mainly because of our cultural diversity.
  • Nasi lemak, roti canai, char kuey teow, satay, rendang, durian, ais kacang, banana leaf rice, bak kut teh…you get the drill. You name it, we got it. #foodie
  • Fun fact: Ask any Malaysian what they’d like to makan (eat) and watch them squirm!
  • Quick tip: Ask your Malaysian friends what’s their favourite restaurant around the area for the best value meals and better yet, ask them to belanja (treat) you.

Night Life

  • From sky bars to mamaks, Malaysians are considered night owls when it comes to socials after work.
  • The most popular places of night entertainment for the nocturnal crowd are Bukit Bintang, Jalan P. Ramlee, KLCC, Bangsar and Jalan Petaling.
  • Quick tip #1: If you are into haunted houses and superstitions, check out The Deceased at Jalan Sultan. Take note that you need a password to enter. #freepromo
  • Quick tip #2: Try to plan ahead with your local friends and ensure they made reservations as most bars and clubs tend to be fully reserved.

Kuala Lumpur

  • Kuala Lumpur with a character of its own is also known for its colorful cultures, races and traditions. The city is further furnished by its interesting architecture, prominent landmarks and unique building.
  • From sightseeing to shopping, you can pick and choose the type of tour that fits your scheduled stay in Kuala Lumpur with the following links: